UPDATE: Crash report released after investigation into Ames motorcycle wreck

The Iowa State Patrol has released its final report on a motorcycle versus car accident that occurred in Ames earlier this month.

On Tuesday, August 10, at around 6:03 p.m., a motor vehicle accident involving a motorcyclist was reported to the Ames Police Department. The accident was said to have occurred on South 16th Street near Menards in Ames. Officials quickly responded to the scene, blocking off a portion of the street until the roadway could be cleared.

Now that the Iowa State Patrol, which assisted Ames PD in response to the crash, has concluded its investigation into the accident, a full crash report has been released. According to the report, the injured motorcyclist was 19-year-old Alexander Mahan of Marshalltown. Mahan was operating a 1997 Kawasaki VN800 motorcycle at the time of the wreck.

The report’s narrative states that Mahan was heading eastbound on South 16th Street when 74-year-old Larry Meyers of Maxwell turned left out of the west-end driveway that leads to the Menards parking lot. Meyers stated that he did not see the motorcycle until after he entered the roadway. Attempting to avoid a wreck, Meyers sped up, while Mahan “laid [the motorcycle] down”. Mahan was then struck by Meyer’s 2004 Pontiac Bonneville, causing “serious personal injury.” The narrative notes that the motorcycle slid and came to rest on the east side of the driveway, never actually colliding with the car.

The above diagram, released as part of a crash report detailing a motorcycle versus car wreck that occurred in Ames earlier this month, depicts how and where the accident occurred. (Diagram: Iowa State Patrol)

It is unclear if Mahan was wearing a helmet when the accident occurred.

Mahan’s motorcycle sustained approximately $2,500 in damage, while no damage was reported to the Bonneville, per the report. Neither party was given a citation following the accident.

Officials reported on the evening of the crash that the then-unnamed motorcyclist had been transported to Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames. Two days later, Ames Police Sergeant Joel Congdon told StoryCounty.News that the motorcyclist, whose name was being withheld pending notification of family, had been transported to a Des Moines hospital and was in “critical but stable” condition.

No update on Mahan’s condition has since been released.

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